Well I enjoyed the talk we had on Skype yesterday and it is crazy the next time I talk with you all it will be face to face at the airport when I come home in 2 months. It is a sad but happy feeling to have. There is no greater and harder schooling to have than a mission. Well this week I have been thinking a lot about what I have been asked if I was to give a suggestion to someone who is about to go on a mission, what would that be?
1st.. I would ask why are you going on a mission? And if you want to be the best missionary the Lord knows you can be the only reason you need is because you truly love the Lord not cause you family, friends, bishop or stake president are pushing you to go. If that is the reason I would invite you to grow a strong testimony of the Savior and His work before you send in your papers. Read study and ask the Lord what you should do and act according to what you receive.
Also before you enter the field chose which way do you face, the Lord or man, who is more important to you, the Lord or man. And decided now what kind of missionary you want to be before you even get to the field and what you will and will not do. If you do that you will be so much better off. Don't put it off till the day comes and you get you trainer or companion and he/she says “hey Elder/Sister lets do this or this” (and it goes against mission rules). Cause if you wait till that moment it will be very hard to do what is right. You will have so many things come to your head and you will try to justify it. Like...
He is my trainer if he is saying we can do this it must is ok...
It is only just this once
No one will know
It is not a commandment
These things to come to mind trust me I have seen so much. Decided now who you want to be and it will bless you sooooooo much when you get into the field.
2nd.. be ready to work and sometimes help others work when they don't want too. Also be able to work on days you don't want to work. Just get up and work cause most days in the mission when you feel like that, it’s a day when you find a new person to teach or you bless someone's life that you would have not if you did not work that day.
President Ezra Taft Benson said “I have often said one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for all time and talents and interests are centered on the work of the ministry. Work, work, work--there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.”
This is so true you work you will be happy!!!